Best Opera in Boston

1999 Best Opera

Ercole Amante (Hercules in Love)

The highlight of Boston Early Music Festival’s splendid season was this 17th-century opera, written by Francesco Cavalli for the wedding of Louis XIV. The lavish production included charming costumes, delightful…Read More

1996 Best Opera, Fully Staged


Boston’s favorite mezzo-soprano, sing in Boston Lyric Opera’s delightful production of Handle’s comic opera. The singing—and the staging by director Stephen Wadsworth—were spectacular…Read More

1996 Best Opera, with Dance

Orfeo Ed Euridice

An artistic collaboration between Handel & Haydn Society and Mark Morris Dance Group resulted in a fabulous production of Gluck’s neoclassical Orfeo, the story of a legendary singer who came…Read More

1996 Best Opera, without Props

Abduction from the Seraglio

Boston Baroque’s concert production of the early Mozart opera featured no sets, no costumes, no dancing, no light shows—just splendid singing, ardent playing on original instruments, and great music…Read More

1987 Best Opera, Light


A glittery Mikado from Stratford, Ontario, at the Colonial proved that Gilbert and Sullivan don’t belong on the shelf…Read More

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